Streetlight Mission: Serving New Jersey’s Vulnerable

New Jersey faith-based organization hosts free medical clinic and Christmas party

streetlightmissionELIZABETH, New Jersey – With the approaching holiday season, the homeless and disenfranchised population of Union County, New Jersey and surrounding areas are set to benefit from two major events, sponsored and supported by StreetLight Mission Inc., a well established faith-based, social service organization that serves the area.

Embracing their vision to help people struggling from poverty, addiction, abuse, hopelessness and homelessness, the StreetLight Mission has been restoring lives with a comprehensive roster of high-quality rescue and recovery programs and services.

The Christ-based Mission was founded by Pastors Paul and Karen Yuschak who have been working with the poor and those struggling from alcohol and drug abuse in Elizabeth for the past 13 years.

The StreetLight Mission provides personalized case management, clothing, food and social support to the area’s growing homeless population.

One of its special projects will take place on Tuesday, November 24 when a team of doctors headed by Dr. Michael Goldberger will provide free foot exams, foot cleaning and shoes to 100 people. Then on Sunday, December 20, those without a place to celebrate the holidays can find a “home” at the annual StreetLight Christmas Party.

“People with nowhere to go can join us for fun, a sit-down dinner and gifts,” says Paul Yuschak, Senior Pastor of StreetLight Church. “For the foot screenings, we are asking people to pre-register by coming to the Mission and signing up. But for our Christmas party, all are welcome.”

streetlightmissionsignThe foot examinations on Tuesday, November 24 begin at 5 p.m. at the Mission – located at 1181 East Broad Street in Elizabeth and the Christmas Party – at the Steven Sampson Senior Center in Elizabeth (800 Anna Street) – runs from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 20.

Official statistics reveal that there are more than 700 homeless persons in the county with the greatest concentrations in Elizabeth and Plainfield. Yet, there are few if any venues where the homeless can shower, use a bathroom, get mail or pick up messages.

The StreetLight Mission aims to accommodate some of these needs by helping people access housing, medical, legal and recovery services and providing personalized assistance to those who want a new beginning. People are assisted in successfully navigating the maze of services available and accessing life changing help.

This year the Mission will hand out 20,000 grocery bags and hundreds of toiletry kits, hats, gloves, work boots, coats, blankets and diapers.

Each month its mission is kept alive – “bringing hope in a time of need” – by providing more than 350 families with groceries.

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The StreetLight Mission shares the Gospel of Jesus Christ with people struggling from poverty, substance abuse and hopelessness, empowering them to begin new lives through programs of rescue and recovery. Its vision is to see the lives of those struggling from the ravages of poverty, substance abuse and hopelessness restored, and the bondages broken through the love of God, whereby men, women and children can walk in the freedom of the cross and fulfill the plans for which they were created. Its vision is to see lives, families and our communities restored. The StreetLight Mission will not deny anyone access to services because of their beliefs, race, religion or sexual preference. People do not need to subscribe to any set of beliefs to receive help. No one will be forced to attend religious services to receive help. Its goal is to demonstrate the love of God through the actions of its staff; and to help each person choose actions which lead them to wholeness and becoming productive members of their families and their communities.


1 Response

  1. I am looking to help prepare/serve Christmas dinner for the homeless. I live in Southern NJ but can travel to North Jersey. Please help me find a place where i can be of service to others on this special day.

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